Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Here's a pic of the background I selected. It's the leafy, tan fabric. (Did I not think there were enough leaves already?!) It's "close enough" to what I was looking for. The fat quarters urged me to take them home. I also bought the light fabric on the left for "something else" "some other day" just because I loved it.
The background fabric was an interesting experience. I converted metrics to yards... and rechecked the numbers. Purchase THAT MUCH... of the SAME fabric? I've never bought anything longer than I could hold in outstretched arms. (Do any of you remember your first time buying your first big piece?) And though I like to iron... my goodness, it just went on and on! : ) Then I had to figure out how to refold the unwieldy mass. You would have laughed if you were there... and I would have told you to help me for goodness sake!
Block 5 is my first block. I drew a different container that seemed more my style. I know I'll make other changes as I go along. Here's some of the fabrics. I'm deciding between the two "urn" fabrics. (Sorry, the black is a little tough to see.)
I may try different techniques. For this block I'm using the freezer paper/starch method, because it gives this perfectionist the results she is happier with. I am practicing other techniques to build those skills. (I envy you who can needle-turn!)
I'll try to be back soon to show some progress (with actual stitching! lol). Just remember that I "dance" slow.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have been puddling along for what seems ages with this block - I must admit I have been doing lots of other things also, so not really dedicated. As you can see, I have been up to my usual tricks and making more changes here and there - the head, body and wing are Kim McLean birds look-alike! ♥ I am anxious to finish the block now - happy with the way it is developing and will make it the focal point of the quilt - I think .... ♥
Thank you to everyone who left Comments on my last Post - I am sorry I have not replied and promise to be better behaved in the future!
Happy stitching everyone - hugs - Lurline♥
Sunday, October 25, 2009
They are looking good together, three more blocks and I'm half way. That's if you don't think about the borders of course, lol!
This is the block I'm doing now, the grapes and bird. I stitched all the stems on last night, tonight I'll do the grapes. I should imagine this one will come together a lot quicker that the last one, I don't think I'll lose interest again for a while anyway.
The other day I opened a comment email and was thrilled to read...............
"So excited this famous Album is being reproduced widely!! Elly Sienkiewicz, The Appliqué Academy®"
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Woohoo! Well I changed my original background color(black) to cream. The block design measures 5x7, yep that's right. This woman needs an psychiatry appointment! I absolutely love it! And have already picked out a wall for display when the quilt is finished. The strawberry tops were a bit hairy, but they stitched up prettily.
So many decisions, which block to start next....maybe a bride or groom? Thanks so much for everyone's encouragement and such lovely blocks for inspiration.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Still lots of cherries and a few leaves to go, I was hoping to finish it this weekend but I may as well be realistic here.........it's not going to happen! There, now I've said it, no pressure, feels good, no guilt! Insert very big grin here...........
So, we have lots of new friends joined us since I did my last post, if I miss anyone, please feel free to send me a (tiny) slap on the wrist ;o)
Hello and welcome to Sue, Debra, Adele, Gail and Margaret. As well, we have five open invites to join the blog, these ladies are still waiting for patterns or fabrics, so this gives us a grand total of 31. WOW, how big have we grown?? Isn't it great that we are all at different stages of this quilt, but each and everyone of us is loving where we are at?
Have a great weekend everyone and keep stitching..................
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Block 1 is finally finished :-) (Still have to do the black embroidery on the apples) and I have washed and pressed it. I am happy with it but I am at slow applique.
Still having fun
I do have all the leaves and flowers cut and prepared so I am much further than it looks. Had such Fun choosing all the greens.
I did not want to make the Bride block yet and so opted for B5 as I just wanted to choose another vase. Love the apples too. Have not chosen any of the other fabrics yet.
Lorraine is on the right and that's little 'ole me on the left. Don't all the blocks look fabulous all together. Lorraine's blocks are amazing, what a difference the background fabric makes. I love my darker background but I really like the lighter background of Lorraine's too!! It was so good to meet and see both lots of blocks together. Thanks Lorraine for the photo and the meeting.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I intend to put block 13, the table block, in between the bride and groom and that's the next one for me. I hope to get started on that this weekend, but I do have lots of other things that I want to get into, so I think that I may be slowing down a wee bit between now and Christmas.
I really love looking at them all together, gives a glimpse of how the quilt will look when it's finished I think.
I have had a couple more requests from ladies wishing to join us this week. Mona and Vanda, both from the U.S. are waiting for their patterns and will join us as soon as that arrives, looking forward to hearing from both of them. Welcome ladies. Also, I'm really looking forward to my friend Micki from here joining us too. She is also waiting on her pattern, can't wait for her first post. We are such a multi cultural melting pot of stitchers now, it's just wonderful.
I belong to a local patchwork group here where I live and on Wednesday a few of us had a bit of an outing (read spending spree) to some surrounding quilt shops, one of which belongs to our own Lorraine from here. Lorraine came in on her precious day off and brought her CWBQ blocks so that we could meet and have a look at both our blocks so far. Meeting another CWB quilter is so amazing, when I started this blog I don't think that I ever imagined that we would become as big or as friendly as we have. It started out more for me, for a bit of encouragement to keep ME going - now it's become WE and I love it, thank you all for making it WE!! Lorraine's husband took a photo for us and as soon as I get a copy I will put it up for everyone to see (or Lorraine will).
I've been hatching a bit of a plot to maybe get some of the local -as in Australian- ladies together! I was wondering how many of you will be coming down to Melbourne for the 'Australasian Quilt Convention' at the end of April next year?? I was thinking that it might be a great opportunity for those of us that are able to be there, to meet for lunch??? I have another little thing buzzing around my head at the moment concerning a photo of all of us! I'm needing to do a little more thinking on that one, but it will fall into place very soon, a hint - I love photoshop!!!
Have a great weekend everyone.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
She's done!! I still need to embroider her face, but I will catch up on those little details when I have 3-4 blocks done. I decided to give her more hair (a bun on top of her head). I am so loving this project - it is making my heart sing. But the leaves...ugh! Has anyone counted how many there are in the whole project?!?
I'm trying a different kind of hand applique for this project. My usual method is mostly "baste-under," with a little needle-turn thrown in on points and little fussy bits. I usually like to baste the allowance, press the bit, and then pin, baste, and/or glue ("dot, dot, not a lot") to the background. Then, after I stitch everything down, I remove the basting thread...a little tedious. The problem with this method is the amount a turn-under allowance required when basting it down...almost a whole quarter inch.
Well, one of my quilting buddies (thank you, thank you Mary Liz!), just turned me on to the glue stick method and I am completely hooked!!! I am using an Elmer's disappearing purple glue stick and a stiletto/fingertips after I've ironed freezer paper to the right side of the fabric. The real beauty is that it takes so little turn-under allowance when doing it this way. I'm like a kid in a candy store...I just want to applique everything in sight!! The shapes were a little stiff at first, but I've backed off on the glue and a straw needle (Jeana Kimball) works well. I now have the added step of soaking the finished, untrimmed block in a little cold water to remove the glue stick and the Roxanne's Glue Baste-It, followed by careful pressing to dry, but I am much happier not sewing all those allowances before laying the block out. The gluing and pressing go really fast!
Question: what are your thoughts on cutting away the background behind the applique? I usually do it since I'm a hand quilter, but I'm not sure about doing it on this project. If I do, I won't bother cutting away behind small things, like leaves, berries, etc....just bigger things. Do you guys usually do this?? I'm really on the fence about it for this project.
I trimmed my two blocks to 12 x 15 (to finish at 11.5 x 14.5). I may trim them the rest of the way to 11.5 x 14.5 when putting the whole thing together, but for now the outer edges of my blocks are extremely close to the smaller size. I may trim all of them to 12 x 15 "so they can breathe" and then adjust the outer borders accordingly.